By: Hollis Lyman
Edited by: Christina M. Swords (Marvin)
A Surprise Diagnosis for an Inmate
Marchell Taylor Sr. had been out of prison for 4 years in January 2016, but he longed to return. He felt that “no one valued him anymore, he wasn’t important, all his relationships were damaged, [and] he was a financially broke business founder.” He needed an escape, and found himself back in prison after an aggravated robbery with a second-degree kidnapping charge. Mr. Taylor had gotten his wish, and his need for escaping life escalated into a suicide attempt that left his unconscious for five days.
Mr. Taylor was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and several psychological disorders and dysfunctions. Simplistically, he was a 47 year old man with a brain functioning more like a 10 year old child’s.
Many people associate brian injuries with professional athletes and car accidents. However, TBI is even more prevalent in vulnerable populations and these incidents rarely get the same attention in the media. Communicating the relevance and importance of TBI should be a major goal for neuroscientists and psychologists, as there is a great need for more research into TBI off of sports fields. Continue reading for more information and links to resources for scientists and the public.
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